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Welcome to Emory from the Office of Sustainability Initiatives! We are thrilled that you decided to join our Emory community. We’ve created this page as a resource to share information about sustainability at Emory. Emory's sustainability vision commits to helping to restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. Our initiatives incorporate sustainability into curriculum and research, green building and greenspace protection, energy conservation, waste minimization, water conservation, sustainable food, commute alternatives, health and wellness, climate action, procurement, and more.

Sustainability at Emory



Emory is at the forefront of sustainability in higher education. Emory was awarded ‘Gold’ status in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

In 2013, Emory University was named the nation's top "Higher Education Institution" by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools in its annual "Best of Green Schools 2013" report.

To help you learn more about how you can employ sustainable practices at Emory, we encourage you to explore the sections below. The information will guide you toward becoming a champion of sustainability at Emory!

Sustainable Shopping List
You can make a difference, before you even step foot on campus, by bringing sustainable items that use less energy and are made from recycled and/or organic materials. As you prepare to move to Emory, check out our sustainable shopping list and be a conscious consumer.

What's with all the bins? Recycling & Composting at Emory
Review the Move-In Recycling Information guide for tips and information about waste minimization before, during, and after move-in. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the recycling and composting program at Emory. Emory Recycles accepts a wide array of recyclable materials (even plastic wrappers!) and collects composting from many building across campus. Visit Emory Recycles'website for more information.

Want to get involved and make an impact?
Check out a list of available student groups here. Get a global overview of Emory's sustainability initiatives and groups with the Emory Ecosystem.

Are you an undergrad interested in taking sustainability-related courses this fall?
Check out this list of classes. Don’t sweat it if you don’t get into all your ideal classes this semester—you have plenty of time to take these classes throughout your four years at Emory! You may even consider a Minor in Sustainability!

Getting Around Town
How are you going to get to the grocery store? Explore the city? What if you want to go to the mall? Many students are not aware of the sustainable and inexpensive transportation options that are available near Emory.

  • Emory’s alternatively fueled Cliff Shuttles run on biofuel made from our dining facilities’ used cooking oil. They are free to all riders. Live maps of shuttle locations are posted online as well as on the Emory Mobile smartphone application.

  • Buy or rent a bike through Bike Emory. They offer discounts on bikes to all students through Fuji Bikes and the support of a local bike shop, Bicycle South. Bike racks are located across campus. Don’t forget to lock your bike with a u-lock and wear your helmet!

  • There is also an array of alternative commute options around campus. Check those out here.

  • The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is another option to get around the city by bus or train. Graduate students who do not have monthly/annual parking passes (excluding Eagle Passes) and who register that they commute by bike, walking, or carpool drop-off are eligible for two 20-ride MARTA passes to use as a backup when they are unable to use their main commute method. Eligible students can apply for the passes here.